Industrial Chemicals Reforms: Update on Implementation
The current regulatory scheme for industrial chemicals (NICNAS) will continue until the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS) commences. The passage of the Industrial Chemicals legislation for the new scheme is now expected to be debated in the Senate in the first half of 2019. To assist regulated entities to adequately prepare for implementation of AICIS, the Government has decided to change commencement of the scheme to 1 July 2020. Government amendments to change the commencement date will be moved at the time of debate in the Senate. The Australian Government looks forward to implementing the ban on the testing of cosmetics on animals, that is included in the Industrial Chemicals Bill 2017. This ban will also commence on 1 July 2020. Source: NICNAS legislative update
Latest News on Plastic Microbeads Use in Australia
Microbeads are small, solid, manufactured plastic particles that are less than 5mm and don’t degrade or dissolve in water. They may be added to a range of products, including rinse-off cosmetics, personal care and cleaning products. Once flushed away, microbeads can have a damaging effect on marine life, the environment and human health. This is due to their composition, ability to adsorb toxins and potential to transfer up the marine food chain. The best way to reduce their impact is to prevent them from entering the environment. At a 2016 Meeting of Environment Ministers, ministers agreed to support a voluntary industry phase-out of plastic microbeads found in ‘rinse-off’ personal care, cosmetics and some cleaning products by July 2018. Source: Microbeads (See also Accord website Bead recede ; &, Environment ministers follow-up: Monitoring assurance protocol ).
Accord Initiative: What to do About Wipes
Accord Australasia is the peak national industry association representing manufacturers and marketers of hygiene, cosmetic and specialty products, their raw materials suppliers and service providers. Wet wipes are single-use disposable cleaning cloths. Wipes continue to grow in popularity as a very convenient, hygienic and effective way to clean – whether it be a baby's bottom, household surface or for a specific commercial/industrial application. Unfortunately, where wipes are used – and what they are used for – can encourage flushing. This can lead to problems! Here’s everything you wanted to know about wipes and how best to dispose of them: Wipesmart